School Proposes 'Menstrual Equity for All Act' to Make Tampons Available for Men
Students at the University of Arkansas demand tampon dispensers in men's bathrooms
Students at the University of Arkansas are demanding that tampons and other menstrual products are made available to all students, including men.
The proposed "Menstrual Equity for All Act" aims to add free tampon dispensers in all school bathrooms, including male facilities, for men that apparently have periods too.
University officials say they have "a duty" to give students "equal access to education," which includes offering menstrual products to all to protect their "human rights."
The student government is requesting that menstrual pads and tampons are made available to all students, and placed even in places such as the men's room.
According to The Blaze, upon the student government's prompting, the University of Arkansas' Division of Student Affairs plans to implement the disbursement of menstrual products to those who need it in restroom dispensaries across campus.
Such products could also end up being available in the men's changing rooms and restrooms.
According to KSFM-TV, the legislation for the new policy is titled the "Menstrual Equity for All Act," and it is being pushed because the student government "believes in equality for all individuals regardless of their sex or gender identity."
“[T]he United Nations regards access to Menstrual Hygiene Management … to be a human rights issue specifically highlighted within the goals of the Sustainable Development Project," the bill explains.
"[There is] empirical data [that] demonstrates that unexpected need for [menstrual hygiene management] while in public is a situation experienced by eighty-six percent of individuals," the bill adds.
The student government does not cite their sources with regard to the figure of 86 percent.
But given that biological females comprise just over half the world's population and that a large percentage of biological females do not menstruate due to being either too young or too old, there is no way that the figure can be true, or even approximately true.
Additionally, the government insists that the school "has a duty to create equal access to education, and therefore must prioritize near-universal accessibility to Menstrual Hygiene Management at no cost to students forthwith."
If the student government gets its own way, bathrooms will be "outfitted [with menstrual products] by fall 2019."
The University of Arkansas isn't the only higher learning institution to outfit their men's rooms with menstrual products.